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Comment I haven't read the article, but... (Score 1) 56

Am I the only one thinking this is pointless, as far as the proposed reasoning for this experiment is concerned? My guess is that this is an experiment just to see what happens (like most other science experiments), but it was sold to the higher-ups responsible for funding this project (and possibly the general public) with easy-to-understand, but completely pointless premise. It's pointless for at least two reasons:

1) Mutations are *random*. There is no predetermined path that evolution will take place. Otherwise every isolated continent would have had the exact same set of animals/birds/insects/etc., as they all started from the same primordial slime. It's like looking at the previous lottery numbers to decide what to play in the next lottery. Completely pointless, but doesn't stop people from developing "strategies". The only thing you can predict is that the evolved bacteria will be different and will be better/fitter at surviving. How different and for what reason better/fitter -- there is no predicting that as there are literally billions upon billions of ways it can go.

2) Conditions in space will be quite different from down here. It's called "survival of the fittest". "Fittest" for the specific conditions we have down here. MRSA bacteria lives and survives in and around people. Moreover, it lives and survives in and around people treated with various antibiotics. Whatever will survive up there in space will be "fittest" for those conditions, and will likely be nothing like what we'll see in real hospitals. I mean, they might as well get a petri dish and take an X-ray of it every 10 minutes and see what happens, to get fast mutations. No need to send anything into space. Not for that reason.

Again, I'm not poopooing the experiment, I'm just saying I hope whoever is running it is not delusional. Or at least smarter than me. Or is it I? As you see, the bar is pretty low, so I'm hopeful. :)

Comment Hello, pot, I'm kettle? (Score 1) 734

> "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump."

  Sounds like someone is a bit butthurt, considering DNC was doing the exact same thing to Bernie Sanders, and it didn't quite work out as expected in the end. Come to think of it, it's actually ironic, that if DNC didn't sabotage Bernie, there would be no emails to leak, so there would be much less leverage in the alleged attempt to influence the elections, by exposing DNC's dirty laundry. So, basically, DNC did it to themselves, and double-time. Too bad the whole country has to suffer as the result too...

Comment What the actual fuck? (Score 4, Interesting) 383

> claiming its rejection of government authority was "an important issue of principle."

Which means next time you see a self-driving Uber, feel free to scratch the fuck out of it any way you see fit, break the headlights, or even steal it if you like. Since Uber doesn't recognize the government authority on principal, they must have given up police protection as well.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 177

Repeat after me: correlation doesn't imply causation. Otherwise we'd have to conclude that water is poison, considering 99% of all people who died drank water shortly before they died. Just because a country has both high consumption of wine and longer than average lifespan, does not mean one causes the other.

Comment Domains â websites (Score 1) 137

Call me a domain Nazi, but not every registered domain is a website, and there could be many websites hosted on the same domain (including, but not limited to subdomains), and multiple domains can resolve to the same IP/website. Is Google one website? Even Gmail is a subdomain of google.com. So we can't say for sure how many websites there are in North Korea based solely on domain data.

(So much for a Unicode support?)

Comment No upgrade for you (Score 1) 585

Alrighty then, I guess I'm not upgrading my notebook any time soon then. There was no real reason to do it, and now I have a real reason not to do it. And if it breaks, I'll pick up something used for cheap that can run what *I* want, and not what Microsoft/Intel/AMD wants me to run with artificial limitations. And then they wonder why PC sales are in deep decline...

Comment Re:It's not aliens (Score 1) 282

Does not have to be a whole civilization sanctioned signal. It could be some "aliens are out there" nut over there who detected a weak signal from Earth, but nobody believes him, and now his is beaming a signal towards us, hoping someone will respond to him, proving his point. Using off-the-shelf parts or devices available there, mind you.

Comment Re:It's not aliens (Score 1) 282

> Aliens that are advanced enough to signal us with that kind of power aren't going to find us advanced enough to be worth talking to

  A highly developed civilization does not always imply rationality, as most of us understand it. Case in point: a real non-zero possibility that Trump can be the next president.

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